At this year’s all-digital TennoCon, Digital Extremes announced the Heart of Deimos expansion, coming to Warframe on August 25 (a first for the game on all platforms simultaneously).
Heart of Deimos adds the third open world zone to Warframe after Plains of Eidolon and Fortuna, although that’s just the tip of the iceberg. On the surface of Deimos, players can move quickly with their hoverboards or the native dragonflies. In addition, Digital Extremes have added the ability to actually fight while on the hoverboard, but only with a side arm.
Below the surface, fans will find a procedurally generated underground tile set that should hopefully keep exploration of Deimos’ tunnels interesting for some time. And for the first time, operators are allowed to drive the so-called ‘Necromechs’, which will prove invaluable in surviving the degraded environment.
Perhaps even more exciting for experienced players is the Helminth Chrysalis system, which essentially allows them to ‘sacrifice’ a non-Prime Warframe to extract one of its core skills and then transfer it to another Warframe of their choice.
Last but not least, the developers presented the community-designed Xaku, the game’s gender-neutral 44th Warframe that harnesses the power of emptiness.
We were able to participate in a press briefing for Heart of Deimos, where Live Operations and Community Director Rebecca Ford kindly answered a variety of questions.
- Necromechs are the brainchild of the Entrati family. Each has a range of powers, and they can be adjusted through a separate section in the menu. The plan is to make them available in all three open world zones, not just Deimos, when the expansion is launched.
- Newer players who have not yet unlocked Operator mode will still be able to discover the feeling of using a Necromech, but to own and upgrade one you must first complete the Second Dream quest.
- With the Helminth Chrysalis system, the developers are adding ‘real bets’ to Warframe, therefore players must actually sacrifice one Warframe in order to obtain a desired ability for another. The ‘subsume’ process takes 24 hours, but you will get the lock back.
- There’s more mining in Heart of Deimos, they make it look more ‘Infested’ this time to match the setting.
- Heart of Deimos has a much denser open world compared to previous zones (Plains of Eidolon and Fortuna). There is much broader story content than those two updates in comparison. The quest adds quite a bit of story content to Warframe and should teach players a lot more about the void, a place that players have known for quite some time but don’t really know the origin of.
- There is a fast travel system based on the previous Esophage system, which was removed from the game. If it works, there is a chance that a similar system could be added for the other open world zones.
- The Heart of Deimos quest also has the blueprint for a new Broken Frame.
- In terms of story, it’s very much about family, the pursuit of knowledge and the cost of it.
- No update on cross progression yet, but it’s still something the team is very interested in adding to Warframe eventually.